Credibility of recently held PSTET-2 Examination has come under “cloud” as a “mysterious” question paper booklet, which was distributed to some candidates at Sangrur Centre, surfaces and has been produced before High Court.
Hearing a civil writ petition filed by Harpreet Kaur and 2 other candidates petitioners from Sangrur district and looking into seriousness of the matter, Justice G.S. Sandhawalia of Punjab and Haryana High Court has sought response from State of Punjab and Punjab School Education Board, Mohali, who had conducted the Punjab State Teachers Eligibility Test-2 (PSTET-2) on December 13, 2015. The two respondents have been asked to clarify their stand on Friday itself.
The petitioners have contended that other candidates who appeared in the said test on some day were distributed four different sets of question booklets. Each booklet contained same 150 questions, but sequence of questions contained in all these four question booklets was different. Resultantly, the answer keys for these sets of question booklets were also different.
The allegation leveled by the petitioners is that they were supplied an altogether different Booklet, which though labeled as set-1, in fact had all the 150 questions different from the other question booklet-set-1, which was distributed to other candidates who appeared in the said PSTET-2 test at examination centre of Bhai Gurdas Institute of Engineering and Technology, Sangrur. Thus, petitioners have been denied level-playing field for qualifying the PSTET-2 examination. Resultantly, the three petitioners were seriously prejudices, and could not pass said PSTET-2 examination.
Counsel of the petitioner produced the original copies of the mysterious booklet of set-1 and argued that though both question booklets were labeled as “set-1”, all the 150 questions contained in the two booklets were different. He also argued that petitioner had sent an exhaustive representation dated December 15, 2015 to Education Secretary, Punjab; Director General School Education, Punjab and to Chairman, PSEB, Mohali, seeking redressal of her grievance and had requested that since serious prejudice had been caused to her, she may be granted grace marks for passing the said Test, but she has not received any response from the authorities.
Petitioners have lodged a serious allegation that an answer key matching with their question paper booklet was uploaded initially on website of PSEB, Mohali, but the same was then removed from website in a clandestine manner. The PSEB was thus, trying to put a lid on the entire controversy, by not dealing with grievance of petitioners.
The petitioners have prayed that PSEB must resolve the controversy in an effective and constructive manner, and HC should pass some equitable directions in the case to grant justice to petitioners.
Keeping in view the seriousness of the matter, the High Court bench especially directed J.S. Puri, counsel of the PSEB, Mohali to appear before the bench today itself and directed that the Court be apprised by tomorrow as to how this controversy has arisen and as to what solution the board may offer for redressing grievance of the petitioners, as the revised result of PSTET-2 examination is to be declared by the board by January 19, as per earlier directions issued by the HC Bench.
The petition shall come up for further hearing on Friday.